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Articles posted by Josh Hart

JUL
07
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Throwback Thursday is a trending online activity aimed at remembering the "good old days." Old family photos, school pictures, memories of all sorts come surging forward each Thursday on social media. Instead of looking ahead at the next big thing, Pymnts.com threw back a look at the beginnings of online marketplaces. They brought to mind easier times, before cyber attacks, data breaches, app glitches and security compromises. Before smart phones and apps. Before e-commerce was an kingdom of it own. Screen captures of three of the biggest online marketplaces make us all stop and say, "oh yeah. I remember that...however vaguely."
JUN
29
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The financial snapshot of a small business usually reveals no deep pockets, no angel investor hovering in the corner, waiting to help out. Running a small business is the simple tug-of-war between passion to be the one in charge; to create a product or expertly deliver a service; to offer knowledge or skill to the benefit of paying clients without micromanagement of a boss. To do things on your terms. The passion must outweigh the obstacles for the venture to succeed. What obstacles do most small business operators face?
JUN
29
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If you jump online without a specific goal, you can get lost in content. An e-mail link takes you to a website where you find an interesting headline (and another, and another) and suddenly you're on Facebook recommending another interesting headline. You linger on Facebook to read a few engaging posts (and a lot of useless posts), eventually getting led to YouTube, where the rest of the hour is lost watching videos. Ever happened to you? What's worse, is as a small business, your content is in there, struggling to surface, hoping to get clicks, along with the rest of the world's content. Today people and businesses are publishing more, using ever-more-abundant platforms. It's a lot of noise buzzing in people's smartphones, on tablets and PCs. The trick is to emerge as a tune for people to follow, rather than bang around and simply add noise.
JUN
22
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Starting your own business seems to be more popular than ever. The entrepreneurial spirit is helping to fuel the American economy, creating jobs and new opportunities, developing a healthy lending environment for online lenders and banks alike, and generally fueling a positive attitude about the possibilities of business ownership and finding entrepreneurial success. Fifty-one percent of Americans of working age see good opportunity for launching a business--and not out of job necessity, but out of passion, innovation and desire for self-ownership, according to the most recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. The ongoing study, compiled cooperatively by Babson College near Boston, and London Business School in the UK, began in 1999 with the aim to discover why some countries are more entrepreneurial than others.
JUN
15
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Small business owners know their product or service--it's their lifeline to survival in a competitive and unstable economic world. Whether it's specialty coffee or diamond grinding wheels, salon services or pet grooming, your industry is your expertise. So when it comes to generating leads online, (and that isn't your particular business offering), the savviest of business owners might be left scratching their heads. But opting out of the Internet is not an option. E-commerce sites are reported to be growing by 19 percent each year and sales are estimated at $1.4 trillion this year. If you don't sell your product or service online directly, your presence there is still important. Eighty percent of shoppers research products online before making buying decisions according to Synchrony Financials third annual Major Purchase Consumer Study.


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